Votive left arm

Made:
200 BCE-100 CE in Roman Empire
maker:
Unknown
Votive left arm, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD. Graduated matt black perspecx background.

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Votive left arm, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD. Graduated matt black perspecx background.
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Votive left arm, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD

Votive offerings were given to the gods either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one and were made in the shape of the afflicted body part. This example shows a left arm made from bronze. It is believed to be Roman. It is unclear what the devotee may have been experiencing. The use of bronze may indicate a wealthy owner as most votives were made from terracotta.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634944
type:
votive offering
taxonomy:
  • human remains
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust